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Mindfully Disgusted with White Supremacy: Courageous Contemplative Activism for a New Era

Posted on Jan 20, 2021

Mindfully Disgusted with White Supremacy: Courageous Contemplative Activism for a New Era

As a native Black Washingtonian, I grew up just blocks away from the Capitol building, our nation’s “seat of government.” It always held a veneer of historical distinction and what felt like an air of holy sacrament. …

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ACMHE Webinar: Learning with the Labyrinth

Posted on Jan 19, 2021

ACMHE Webinar: Learning with the Labyrinth

Madeleine Charney will explore the interdisciplinary role of labyrinths on college campuses and discuss the permanent labyrinth installation in the works at UMass Amherst.

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Storytelling Through Creative Arts and Contemplative Pedagogies

Posted on Dec 18, 2020

Storytelling Through Creative Arts and Contemplative Pedagogies

Dr. Leonard Cruz explores storytelling through the creative arts and leads contemplative exercises that can have a positive impact as we navigate through challenges such as COVID-19, racial injustices, and gender and sexuality inequities.

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Breathwork for Healing Racial Trauma: a Contemplative-Based Research Journey

Posted on Nov 14, 2020

Breathwork for Healing Racial Trauma: a Contemplative-Based Research Journey

This webinar with Dr. Angel Acosta and Zishan Jiwani explores a study of a community breathwork series that aimed to provide people with a virtual space to heal from and wrestle with racial trauma.

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BIPOC Retreat with Veta Goler, Online, Nov. 14

Posted on Oct 28, 2020

BIPOC Retreat with Veta Goler, Online, Nov. 14

The first retreat in a three-part series, focusing on various forms of meditation to help you connect with the goodness that is at the core of your being. Through silent meditation, reflection, listening, and journaling, we will be able to turn within and access inner truth and beauty, wisdom and strength.

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A Workshop for White People Working for Racial Justice

Posted on Oct 28, 2020

A Workshop for White People Working for Racial Justice

An interactive workshop with Beth Berila, offering tools white people can use when talking with other white people about racism in a way that supports anti-racist transformation. We will address common defensive reactions of white fragility and offer specific strategies for successfully engaging those conversations.

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Critical Social Mindfulness: Foundations and Emergent Practices for a New Mindful Deal

Posted on Oct 14, 2020

Critical Social Mindfulness: Foundations and Emergent Practices for a New Mindful Deal

David Forbes will offer critique and discussion of mindfulness practices, particularly in K-12 contexts, that risk adjusting students to social inequities rather than working together to mindfully identify, resist, challenge, and transform them.

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Embodied Leadership for Administrators: Online Workshop, 11/6/20

Posted on Oct 14, 2020

Embodied Leadership for Administrators: Online Workshop, 11/6/20

Join Anita Chari and Angelica Singh as we explore the fundamentals of embodied leadership to support you in a time of overwhelm and re-connect you to your sense of purpose as an academic leader.

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Workshop: Becoming a Contemplative Change Agent for Your Organization

Posted on Oct 14, 2020

Workshop: Becoming a Contemplative Change Agent for Your Organization

On October 28th, learn tools and perspectives arising from organizational change and community engagement leadership; share stories and expertise; and develop an action plan for infusing contemplative practices into your organization. Facilitated by Dr. Michael Kimball.

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Oct. 19th: Mindful Leadership Workshop with Melissa Carter

Posted on Oct 7, 2020

Oct. 19th: Mindful Leadership Workshop with Melissa Carter

Right now, in a time where our world is being propelled into divisiveness, isolation, loneliness and turmoil, our practices are more important than ever. Join Melissa Carter, Interim Senior Director of Global Spiritual Life and MindfulNYU at New York University, for a 3-hour interactive skill-building workshop and discussion.

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Music for Healing and Balance

Posted on Sep 22, 2020

Music for Healing and Balance

Educator and musician Reginald Cyntje discusses and demonstrates how he uses music in the classroom and on the stage as a tool for healing, balance, and activism. 

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NHTI’s Mindfulness in Society Series

Posted on Sep 18, 2020

NHTI’s Mindfulness in Society Series

Sharing news about NHTI-Concord’s Community College’s 3rd Annual Mindfulness in Society program, every Monday in October, featuring CMind leaders Mirabai Bush and Stephanie Briggs.

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Embodying Your Curriculum: An Introduction to the Fundamentals of Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

Posted on Aug 18, 2020

Embodying Your Curriculum: An Introduction to the Fundamentals of Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

This webinar, presented by Anita Chari and Angelica Singh, introduces participants to our approach to using trauma-informed pedagogies, the neuroscience of mental health, and pedagogies of social justice and diversity.

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Webinar: Contemplative Science and Practice Through a Healing-Centered Perspective

Posted on Jul 11, 2020

Webinar: Contemplative Science and Practice Through a Healing-Centered Perspective

This webinar invites participants to reflect on how we can harness the power of contemplative science and practice to better understand community care and collective healing.

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Loving Memory of Oliver W. Hill, Jr.

Posted on Jul 10, 2020

Loving Memory of Oliver W. Hill, Jr.

We are mourning the recent passing of Dr. Oliver W. Hill, Jr., a longtime CMind board member, friend, mentor, and source of continual inspiration and hope.

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Restoring Our Attention

Posted on Jul 2, 2020

Restoring Our Attention

In this webinar, we will take a look at the market forces that incentivize technology to distract and manipulate us. We’ll consider the consequences of chronic distraction in the short and long term, across individuals and society as a whole. And then we’ll look to attention restoration theory (ART) for ideas about what to do differently.

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How Can We Be Daringly and Radically-Well During Times of Upheaval?

Posted on Jun 2, 2020

How Can We Be Daringly and Radically-Well During Times of Upheaval?

Ife Lenard and Ericka Echavarria will discuss specific approaches coupled with contemplative practices that offer a means of building and sustaining adults through relational and societal challenges, such as a global pandemic, isolation, remote learning and the demands of digital etiquette and productivity. 

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Indigenous Contemplative Science: An Ethics of Belonging and Reconnection

Posted on May 7, 2020

Indigenous Contemplative Science: An Ethics of Belonging and Reconnection

Yuria Celidwen offers a dynamic presentation that brings together Indigenous science and contemplative practice. We will engage in dialogue with our current emotional experience and collectively reorient towards a sense of ecological belonging.

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Digital Proverbs for Responsible Citizens (Lockdown Edition)

Posted on Apr 17, 2020

Digital Proverbs for Responsible Citizens  (Lockdown Edition)

Kevin Healy discusses “Ethics and Religion in the Age of Social Media: Digital Proverbs for Responsible Citizens” and how he uses it in his classes within the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Summer Session Update

Posted on Apr 17, 2020

Summer Session Update

Based on the current status of the global pandemic and the ever-changing landscape of our lives we have decided to shift the 2020 Summer Session to an online offering.

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April CMind Practice Webinar with Rick Chess: “By Heart: A Way of Knowing for This Time”

Posted on Apr 1, 2020

April CMind Practice Webinar with Rick Chess: “By Heart: A Way of Knowing for This Time”

In this webinar, we’ll explore the practice of coming to know something “by heart.” Together, we’ll bring a poem into our hearts. In this time of necessary social distancing, we’ll see what happens when we experience the intimacy of getting close to a few words.

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Cultivating Compassionate Teaching During the Coronavirus

Posted on Mar 30, 2020

Cultivating Compassionate Teaching During the Coronavirus

As educators, COVID-19 presents a particular challenge: having converted our classrooms to online platforms, we now face the task of teaching in a way that is worthy of this historical moment. What challenges and opportunities does the coronavirus pose? How can we best be of service to our students in this time of profound uncertainty and yet demanding need?

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Centered in Blackness: Designing Contemplative Spaces for Black People

Posted on Mar 3, 2020

Centered in Blackness: Designing Contemplative Spaces for Black People

In this webinar, Drs. Chatman and Oliver envision “creating and sustaining contemplative space that centers and flows out of our voices, experiences, and collective wisdom as Black scholar-practitioners. We strongly believe that these spaces are important and affirming for Black people and anyone in the broader community interested in learning about contemplative pedagogy through a Black lens.”

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Fostering Belonging and Intercultural Engagement Through Contemplative Practices

Posted on Feb 5, 2020

Fostering Belonging and Intercultural Engagement Through Contemplative Practices

Dr. Alexia Ferracuti explores the intersections between contemplative practices and intercultural approaches for creating inclusive learning environments, and identify ways in which contemplative practices can serve as means for developing and modeling educators’ self-awareness and capacity for valuing differences among learners and ways of learning.

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Mentoring as a Contemplative Practice in the Academy

Posted on Jan 9, 2020

Mentoring as a Contemplative Practice in the Academy

In this webinar, Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde discusses how contemplative practices can assist students, faculty, and staff in doing reflective work that will lead them to mentoring relationships – in all areas of life – that encourage balance, community, appreciation of culture, and academic success.

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Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality

Posted on Nov 19, 2019

Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality

Angel Acosta discusses how using a 4ft x 20ft timeline as a contemplative learning tool supports participants with deepening their understanding of entrenched racial and socio-economic inequality in the United States.

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2019 Mindful Education Summit starts October 16th

Posted on Oct 15, 2019

2019 Mindful Education Summit starts October 16th

Starting this Wednesday, October 16th, 35 researchers and educators will offer 5 days of resources on mindfulness in US schools at the free, online Mindful Education Summit.

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Working with Fear and Resistance when Fostering Contemplative Space

Posted on Sep 3, 2019

Working with Fear and Resistance when Fostering Contemplative Space

Fostering contemplative spaces in academic settings is often limited by the fear and resistance educators, students, and administrators face. This webinar will help prepare participants to utilize contemplative practices to work with fear and resistance in themselves, students, management, and systems.

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A Dialogue on Self-Compassion and Interdependence

Posted on Aug 8, 2019

A Dialogue on Self-Compassion and Interdependence

Drs. Mamgain and Majied discuss fierce self-compassion as it relates to interdependence so that participants learn how to increase their own positive life force through progressive self-reflection.

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Soulfulness Practices: Applying the SOUL-Centered Framework (Part 2)

Posted on Jul 12, 2019

Soulfulness Practices: Applying the SOUL-Centered Framework (Part 2)

Building upon the June 2019 webinar introducing soulfulness, this webinar focuses on the application of soulfulness to contemplative practice. Presenter Shelly P. Harrell, Ph.D. is a psychologist whose work focuses on individual, relational, and collective well-being in the context of culture and oppression.

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Radical Love as a Public Health Initiative: the 3rd Arthur Zajonc Lecture by Lenwood W. Hayman, Jr., PhD

Posted on Jun 19, 2019

Radical Love as a Public Health Initiative: the 3rd Arthur Zajonc Lecture by Lenwood W. Hayman, Jr., PhD

7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, in the Smith College Campus Center, 100 Elm Street, Northampton, MA. This event is free and open to all, and we will be live streaming and recording the lecture for those who cannot attend. 

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“I Got Soul”: Soulfulness, Culture, and Contemplative Practice

Posted on Jun 10, 2019

“I Got Soul”: Soulfulness, Culture, and Contemplative Practice

This webinar will introduce “soulfulness” as an approach to contemplative practice that centers a synergistic integration of the psychological, spiritual, and cultural dimensions of soul.

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Bridging the Gap between Islam, Islamophobia and Contemplative Pedagogy

Posted on May 2, 2019

Bridging the Gap between Islam, Islamophobia and Contemplative Pedagogy

Participants in this webinar will engage foundational information about Islam, Islamophobia, and the historical context about Islam as relevant to current-day realities, and will consider connections between Islam and contemplative practices, and opportunities to create space for Muslims in contemplative education.

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Faith in a Seed: Strategies for Nurturing and Embedding Contemplative Approaches on our Campuses

Posted on Apr 4, 2019

Faith in a Seed: Strategies for Nurturing and Embedding Contemplative Approaches on our Campuses

In this webinar with Juliet Trail, Director of Education for the University of Virginia Contemplative Sciences Center, we will walk through ways in which we can cultivate contemplative approaches across the various mission areas of higher education – including academics, the co-curricular domain (including student life, student health, and faculty/staff life), research, service, and patient care.

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The Tree of Contemplative Practices

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

The Tree of Contemplative Practices

In this webinar with Maia Duerr, research director of CMind’s Contemplative Net Project (2002-2004), you’ll learn about the inspiration and story behind the Tree of Practices concept: the image was originally created as a way to organize and represent the project’s findings.

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Cultivating Hope in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous World

Posted on Feb 1, 2019

Cultivating Hope in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous World

A webinar with Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD, exploring how we can navigate challenges we face today and others we have yet to anticipate, especially in higher education.

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Contemplative Resistance

Posted on Jan 7, 2019

Contemplative Resistance

In this webinar with organizer and activist Holly Roach Knight, we will look at some of the obstacles to social change and explore how a contemplative view, practice, and conduct can help us address them. In essence, we will look at how contemplative education in higher education can help equip students to navigate and contribute to equity and social justice work.

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Begin With Wholeness, End With Joy

Posted on Nov 13, 2018

Begin With Wholeness, End With Joy

In this webinar, Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde draws on the work done in her graduate level Black Feminisms class to ask, “What if we intentionally structure our teaching with rituals of wholeness, healing, and joy; practices that help students feel connected to the powerful things that can nurture and sustain them?”

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Webinar: A Brief Time for Practice, Togetherness and Supportive Resource-Sharing

Posted on Oct 30, 2018

Webinar: A Brief Time for Practice, Togetherness and Supportive Resource-Sharing

On Wednesday, October 31st, Carrie Bergman, CMind’s Associate Director, will host an open time for self-guided contemplative practice and an opportunity to share helpful resources.

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Contemplation, Reflexivity, and Gender/ Sexual Diversity in the Classroom

Posted on Sep 11, 2018

Contemplation, Reflexivity, and Gender/ Sexual Diversity in the Classroom

This webinar offers an introduction to Dr. Kerr Mesner’s work developing contemplative and anti-oppressive approaches to addressing issues of gender/sexual diversity in the classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to engage with this work experientially, as well as to reflect on their own teaching practices in addressing gender/ sexual diversity in their own classrooms.

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Contemplative Practices in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Posted on Aug 17, 2018

Contemplative Practices in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

This webinar with Dr. Patricia Owen-Smith focuses on the place of contemplative knowing and contemplative practices within the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) framework. 

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2nd Annual Arthur Zajonc Lecture on Contemplative Education: “If the Beautiful See Themselves, They Will Love Themselves: Contemplative Practice and Cultural Healing”

Posted on Jul 16, 2018

2nd Annual Arthur Zajonc Lecture on Contemplative Education: “If the Beautiful See Themselves, They Will Love Themselves: Contemplative Practice and Cultural Healing”

A lecture by Veta Goler, Associate Professor and Chair of Dance Performance & Choreography, Spelman College. Free and open to the public.

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Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing

Posted on Jun 19, 2018

Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing

Educator and trauma professional David Treleaven draws on a decade of research and clinical experience to discuss safe, transformative ways of teaching and practicing mindfulness with an awareness of trauma.

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Across the Divides: A Pedagogy of Love

Posted on Jun 11, 2018

Across the Divides: A Pedagogy of Love

In this video, Dr. Paul Wapner delivers the inaugural address of the Arthur Zajonc Contemplative Education Lecture Series. Filmed on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

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Lessons From the Off Ramp

Posted on May 29, 2018

Lessons From the Off Ramp

As she prepares to retire, Renée A. Hill writes, “This webinar is about what I have learned in the classroom over the last fifteen years about contemplative practices and what they can bring to learning and growth—both that of my students and my own.”

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A Heartful Way of Living

Posted on May 10, 2018

A Heartful Way of Living

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will discuss community building and designing healing spaces through diverse sources of knowledge, storytelling, embodied practice, and creative expression.

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Knowing & Growing: Creating and Sustaining Contemplative Communities

Posted on Mar 21, 2018

Knowing & Growing: Creating and Sustaining Contemplative Communities

This webinar, presented by Stephanie Briggs (Assistant Professor of English, Community College of Baltimore County), focuses on ways to develop and maintain a campus-wide contemplative community. We will investigate how to recruit faculty and staff members, the design of a program, goals and objectives of the community, individual/shared facilitation, and cost.

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New Toolkit for Contemplative Community Building in Higher Education

Posted on Feb 21, 2018

New Toolkit for Contemplative Community Building in Higher Education

We hope that the toolkit will support the continued development of living and learning environments that support inquiry into meaning, purpose, and action.

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Enacting Human Revolution: The Inner Social Justice Movement

Posted on Jan 23, 2018

Enacting Human Revolution: The Inner Social Justice Movement

Dr. Kamilah Majied will lead participants through activities that enable them to infuse a liberatory consciousness into their teaching and their contemplative practice.

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To Unite Against Hate

Posted on Aug 15, 2017

To Unite Against Hate

In the wake of the racist, nationalist, white supremacist marches in Charlottesville, we are once again called to unite against hate, violence, and domestic terrorism.

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